Cynopsis Kids! reports the first of 26 episodes of Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, a new mixed 2D and 3D animated half hour series, will premiere on the US Cartoon Network’s Toonami block on Saturday, 9 June 2007 at 9:30pm. This is the precursor to the Fox and Marvel Studio’s live-action movie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which releases simultaneously in the US and the UK on 15 June.
The new TV series is a continuation of the newly-produced four-episode Fantastic Four show that debuted on Toonami in September 2006, already released on Region 1 DVD, and is a co-production of Moonscoop, M6, Cartoon Network Europe and Marvel Studios.
In other Marvel superhero animation news, Cynopsis also reports that Spider-Man Merchandising L.P. (a limited partnership between Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and Marvel Entertainment, Inc.) is set to launch licensing and merchandising programs in support of the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, tentatively titled Spectacular Spider-Man, which is slated to bow Saturday mornings on Kids’ WB! on the CW Network in early 2008.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Culver Entertainment, Spectacular Spider-Man picks up the story as Peter Parker enters his junior year in high school, where in addition to dealing with the pressures of homework and a social life he must conceal his identity and newly-found powers.